I probably haven’t read a book for fun for at least a decade if not more. Too much partying and other activities going on (studying for exams too, I suppose, but it never took that much time out of my social life).
Now that I live a healthy lifestyle, I find myself pretty bored. Sitting in front of the TV when I’m free just doesn’t cut it. Also, I’m running out of good shows, so I end up watching crap.
I’m thinking about reading again, but I know how hard it is for me to get into a good book.
I need recommendations. Some of my preferences:
Easy to get into. The easier the better. Need to be exciting from the first chapter.
Not a lot of made up names or shit please. This applies to sci fi and fantasies mostly. I can’t keep track of new words.
Otherwise, no real limitations on genre.
But maybe a nice suspense (thriller/detective) to start could be nice.
Anything by Pat Conroy (particularly Beach Music)
Thriller / Detective stuff: Joseph Wambaugh / Nelson DeMille / Jack Reacher series / Scott Turow
Others I have enjoyed (last 20 years)
Water For Elephants (Gruen)
The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
The Poisonwood Bible (Kingolver)
Pillars Of The Earth (Follett) (I also like his older spy stuff)
The Historian (Kostova)
From my past
To Kill A Mockingbird
In Cold Blood
The Princess Bride
On The Waterfront / The Harder They Fall (Budd Schulberg)
I also read a lot of Clancy, King & Crichton - but not sure they match your criteria
I also read all the Anne Rice books
Interview With The Vampire - to start
and The Historian I mentioned above is also a well written Vampire story
Let The Right One In - was a better movie (particularly Swedish) than a book
Crichton - Andromeda Strain a long time favorite.
You have the Jurassic Park books
He also gets away from SciFi with Rising Sun (political thriller)
Isn’t Lupin sort of a do good master thief from France? I haven’t read the books but I think Netflix maybe or possibly Amazon had a Lupin related show that was pretty good. At least the first season was but I can’t recall if we remembered to watch the 2nd season or if it had been released.